Just Bear With Me…

The purpose of this blog is to tell stories.

My story-telling style—call it “annotated meandering”—inspired the blog’s name and is reflected in the look on Louis Sorin’s face as Groucho rambles on nonsensically. Unlike Groucho, however, I do get to the point.

Just bear with me.

I aim to answer interesting questions in an entertaining and data-driven way, often defining “data” a bit loosely. My posts are longer than usual (2,500-3,000 words, typically), and I generally post weekly.

Topics have included:

  • American politics (elections, Congressional votes, polling, Democratic Party)
  • Cultural issues (guns)
  • Film and television (Doctor Who, Charlie Chan, film noir, art vs. artist)
  • Epidemiology, statistics and public health (significance testing, walkability)
  • Baseball/football (Philadelphia Phillies, Jamie Moyer, sabermetrics; Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Music (The Smithereens, Steely Dan)
  • Social media (Twitter)
  • Travel (Martha’s Vineyard, San Francisco)

More and more, however, I tell stories from my own life. It is no coincidence that I am writing a book with the working title Interrogating Memory: Film Noir and My Search for Identity.

And who am I?

I am a data geek with a BA in political science (Yale), an AM in political science (Harvard), a MA in biostatistics and a PhD in epidemiology (both Boston University). While at Harvard, I wrote four papers using baseball statistics that landed me my first job in a two-decade-long career as a health-related data analyst. In 2017, I declared myself a full-time writer and film noir researcher; my book will include analyses of a comprehensive database of 4,800+ titles. My musical holy trinity is Genesis, Miles Davis and Stan Ridgway. I grew up outside Philadelphia (Go Phillies!), and I live outside Boston. My wife and daughters keep me happy, sane and grounded. Really, what else is there to know?

Please continue to bear with me (and invite others to do the same). I am grateful to everyone who clicks “Like” and comments in a respectful way: it really is possible to disagree without being disagreeable.